Chinese manufacturer AEE has relased two GoPro actioncam competitors in the form of the Shotbox S60 and Shotbox S71, at RRPs of $299 and $439 respectively.
The S60 is a 16-mepapixel Full HD camera with a Wi-Fi reach of around 100 metres. It connects to Android or Apple devices via app for remote control.
The S60 features a 1/2.3-inch (Sony) CMOS sensor. Stills are standard at 16-megapixels and it can capture bursts of up to 8fps. It can also record slow motion video at 720p/120 fps. The lens has an f2.7 aperture and shoots a wide 140-degree field of view. It has 4x digital zoom.
It has a built-in stereo mic and speaker and also supports external mic recording via its mini USB port. The S60 includes a detachable 2-inch LCD display that mounts onto the front and lets you monitor your videos live.
The camera measures approximately 2 inches in height and weighs under 100 grams. A broad range of quick-release, pivot-joint and adhesive mounts are available for motorsports, biking, skiing, boarding, and other sports.
A waterproof-to-10-metres housing is also included in the purchase price for surfing and underwater use. A 100m+ AEE waterproof housing is also available for the Lloyd Bridges among us. (The website seems to say that the 100m housing comes with the camera, although it’s all a bit ambiguous.)
A 1500mAh lithium-ion battery is included and is rechargeable using the supplied USB cable.
The S71 takes Shotbox video resolution up to 4K – but only at a maximum of 15fps (‘Claytons 4K). It will deliver 2.7K (between Full HD and 4K) at 30 and 24fps.
Stills are at 16 megapixels and burst speed is 10 fps. It has the same super slo-mo performance as the S60.
Lens is f2.7 aperture, with a 147-degree field of view. Digital zoom is up to 10x.
Other than that, both cameras have similar specifications. Both accept miniSD cards to 64GB. Both cameras come with several basic mounts, the detachable LCD screen and a carry pouch.
Currently the Shotbox cameras are sold predominantly via Dick Smith. Supplier is Shotbox: 1300 092 295, [email protected].